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Legal news from Saturday, July 7, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

Lawyers for the state of Georgia argued Friday in court filings with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that its immigration law is constitutional under the recent US Supreme Court ruling in Arizona v. United States. The appeals court in March deferred ruling on challenges to …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The New York Fourth Appellate Division for the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to the state's year-old Marriage Equality Act (MEA), ruling that closed-door meetings between gay rights advocates and state senators did not violate the state's Open Meetings Law (OML). This ruling overturned a decision by the Supreme Court …

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by Jennie Ryan

Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi on Thursday issued a decree appointing a fact-finding committee to investigate the deaths of protesters in last year's demonstrations. The committee is made up of 16 members including judges, a state prosecutor, a general, a police commander and six representatives of victims' families. They are charged with reopening files related to the deaths …

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by Jennie Ryan

Lawmakers in Romania voted on Friday to impeach President Traian Basescu for overstepping the bounds of his authority by interfering in judicial and legislative affairs. The Romanian Parliament voted 256-114 for impeachment. Romanian voters will have the final say as to whether Basescu will be removed from office in a referendum …

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